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you're live in the cnn newsroom. thank you for joining me. i'm ana cabrera in new york. great to have you with us. we begin with president trump debuting his new message to muslims worldwide. the man who campaigned heavily on a proposed muslim ban today asking islamic leaders in the middle east to unite with america in the global fight against terrorism. >> this is not a battle between different faiths. different sects, or different civilizations. this is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people, all in the name of religion. people that want to protect life and want to protect their religion. this is a battle between good and evil. >> something you didn't hear in
that speech, the phrase radical islamic terrorism, which trump used often as a candidate, but he did have three other words on confronting extremism. drive them out. >> a better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists. drive them out. drive them out of your places of worship. drive them out of your communities. drive them out of your holy land. and drive them out of this earth. >> i want to bring in cnn's international diplomatic edder, nic robertson, and also with us, elise. >> nic, what are you learning about president trump's decision not to use that phrase, radical islamic terrorism? >> reporter: yeah, what he does seem to have done here is try to
strike a line that was careful, that was carefully nuanced that wasn't going to upset his audience. he came in carrying so much baggage for what he said on the campaign trail, but he came in with the expectations set high because the saudis have said this is an opportunity, president trump will be able to reset the relationship between the west and the arab muslim world. expectations were high on both sides, if you will, but rather than coming in and demanding that people do more to confront this issue, he said i'm not here to tell you what to do. this is about not how to live your life, it's about common values, having common ideals, a common objective, through that, we can both have joint security. he was very precise, if you will, in saying that, you know, you need to be honest. more needs to be done. you need to be honest when confronting this extremism. >> of course, there is still much work to be done.
that means honestly confronting the crisis of islamic extremism and the islamicists and islamic terror of all kinds. we must stop what they're doing to inspire because they do nothing to inspire but kill. >> so speaking afterwards, senior white house officials said actually, president trump had been stronger rather in his message than what was anticipated, rather than toning down, he was being strong. obviously, his base, they want his base of supporters to understand this was a tough strong message. he wasn't backing down on what he said he would do. >> so the president is off to israel tomorrow, elise. i understand you just learned about what could be a major development. tell us about it. >> well, ana, as the president heads towards israel, today was jerusalem day, which is the israeli celebration of its victory in the 1967 war in what
they call the liberation of jerusalem. and who was there? none other than the u.s. ambassador to israel, david friedman, who just took up his post. now, this is a controversial attendance by ambassador friedman. this is the first time any u.s. diplomat has ever attended these jerusalem day celebrations where benjamin netanyahu is talking about jerusalem being the unified capital under israeli control that is not for negotiation. this comes as president trump is seeking to negotiate peace between the israelis and the palestinians. jerusalem is a very sensitive, what they call a final status issue in that, and for ambassador friedman to be sitting at these celebrations in effect endorses the israeli idea that jerusalem could be that unified capital. now, with president trump facing all this controversy about what he's going to do at the embassy, a very controversial move that's certainly going to anger the
arab states as president trump gave this very what he thought positive message to them today. >> elise and nic robertson, our thanks to both of you for joining us. >> president trump is thousands of miles uz way, but again, back here at home in washington, a cloud of the russia investigation still hangs over the white house. the senate intelligence committee wants to see the white house notes that reportedly led to bombshell reports in "the new york times." the report claimed during the president's meeting with russian officials at the white house, president trump referred to former fbi director james comey as a, quote, nut job, and said firing comey eased great pressure on him. here's what senator marco rubio, a member of the intelligence committee, had to say this morning on "state of the union." >> those responses are based on notes i haven't seen and neither have you. i'm not denying, i'm not admitting that they are. we don't know. that's why we need to have an inquiry that looks at all of that. that's why i asked the white house to produce those notes to the intelligence committee so we could review it.
i thought that was important and continue to believe it's important for them to do. >> let's talk it over with california congressman ted lue, a democrat, and congressman, thanks for being with us. i want to first put up a tweet of yours last night. i'm on the house judiciary committee. this is what i'm going to read this evening. we see a photo of impeachment removal research there. your committee is where the impeachment process would begin. clearly, you're starting some research. can you go as far as to say the impeachment process is officially under way. >> thank you for your question. cnn broke the story that the white house lawyers were looking at impeachment proceedings. i sit on the house judiciary committee. i thought it would be prudent for me to do the same thing because the last two weeks have been a turning point. we have seen the president commit what looks like obstruction of justice in real time. >> now, you would need at least four republicans if i'm understanding it correctly, and all of the democrats to prove the impeachment process out of
your committee. have any of your republican colleagues signaled they're with you at this point? >> they have not. but this is a fast moving story. we know that two weeks ago, the president took an action of firing the fbi director. a few days later, he admitted on national tv that he did it because the russian probe was on his mind. and then just last friday, "the new york times" reports an account that the white house does not dispute, which is the president did this to relieve great pressure on him. this is exactly what obstruction of justice looks like. >> and yet, i spoke with respected constitutional lawyer alan dershowitz this weekend. he argues the opposite. he said there's no case of obstruction against trump. watch. >> the president is the head of the executive branch. a unitary executive branch, constitutionally, he can control the branch. he could tell the director of the fbi, do not prosecute flynn. he can say, prosecute so-and-so. there is no constitutional
barrier to the president doing that. the president has a constitutional right, right now, to pardon flynn, and to pardon everybody in the russian investigation and say, there will be no more investigations. >> congressman, alan dershowitz said he voted for hillary clinton. not like he has been a longtime trump supporter or anything. what's your response to what we just heard? >> alan dershowitz is wrong, and a smarter person, lawrence tribe, disagrees with him. i disagree with alan because congress has a full right to review the actions. we get to decide what constitutes a high crime, and the president commits obstruction of justice, that could certainly fit what constitutes a high crime. >> impeachment against bill clinton was a political disaster for republicans back in the '90s. clinton's poll numbers went sky high. a lot of americans thought there was a possible gop vendetta against him. congressman, do you worry by going down this path of impeachment possibly and the idea that we're discussing here,
might it have a similar effect on your democratic party? the opposite of what you would hope? >> i think a better comparison would be richard nixon. the first article of impeachment for richard nixon was obstruction of justice. impeding a federal investigation or obstructing it, is a serious felony. anybody else that commits obstruction of justice would face up to five years of prison time. this is very different than what president clinton may or may not have done. but we do need to let the investigations run its course so we can review the full facts. >> do you worry about overruling the will of the american people because this president was elected? >> impeachment is one of the gravest decisions that congress can make, other than declaring war. it should never be our first option. that's why we need to review all the facts, have full and fair deliberations and then make the decision based on the facts. >> now, i want to ask you about
the president's trip overseas. this is his first trip abroad. a lot has been said about where he is choosing to take this trip in saudi arabia first, he'll head to israel tomorrow. i want to get your take. how do you think he's doing so far in representing the united states? >> i sit on the house foreign affairs committee. i'm an american. i want our president to represent us well. i want him to be strong. i want him to make us proud. and i'm not going to criticize the president for his foreign policy while he's on foreign soil. >> did he move the ball forward in a positive direction among the arab community today in how he addressed terrorism? >> i think it's a good thing that he did not use the words radical islamic terrorism in a muslim country. i think the president when he comes back needs to explain why he wants to ban muslims from entering the united states. but we'll wait for the president to come back before we have that
debate. >> what would be your advise as he entered israel and is working on the palestinian and israeli peace process? >> that he needs to be fair and impartial, and again, that he needs to represent u.s. interests first, and i hope the president does well. >> what are those u.s. interests that he needs to represent there? >> that we need to insure the safety and security of the united states, of israel, and we need to make sure that we can have a two-state solution and be on a path to going to a two-state solution between israel and the palestinians. >> all right, congressman ted lieu, our thanks to you for joining us. coming up, more challenges for president trump on the world stage. differences with the pope, with nato allies, even some tensions with israel developing. plus, the first lady's fashion choices getting a lot of attention in conservative saudi arabia. we'll tell you why. and the video going viral, a sea lion snatches a little girl from her family. we'll show you what happens next.
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president trump's first official trip abroad really just begins. tomorrow, he departs saudi arabia for israel. then, he's there, he's in the west bank. he'll go to the vatican city. then belgium and back to italy. he's going to be outside the country for an entire week. i want to get cnn contributor and former u.s. ambassador norman eisen in with us. also, commentator and former white house political adviser jeffrey lord. norman, tomorrow in israel, the president will face people he made promises to during the campaign. promises like this one. let's listen. >> we will move the american embassy to the eternal capital of the jewish people, jerusalem. >> well, the president has since backed off that promise. how does this hurt the president's credibility in israel? >> ana, thanks for having me. if the president can get away
with facing the saudi and other muslim leadership from across the middle east after his outrageous and inflammatory anti-muslim statements in the campaign, he'll be able to get away with the israelis with not yet having moved the embassy to jerusalem. the line that the white house gives on background is not yet, we're considering, delay, procrastinate. and it's early in the relationship for them to take him to task. so he'll skate by this time. >> jeffrey, you know, promising to move the embassy was a pretty huge moment during the campaign. why should the israeli people believe the next promise he makes? >> well, i think he will do it at some point. he is a man of his word with these kinds of things. we need to pull back here and see what's going on. here is a man who is going not to canada, to the comforts of canada or mexico in our own north american continent, but
his first foreign trip, he's plunging right into the heart of the most difficult problem on this planet. he's going -- he went straight to riyadh, to saudi arabia, he goes from there to jerusalem. which is unprecedented. and then he will go to rome. and we're talking the three major faiths here in the world. he's going to have a very candid conversation with all of these folks, that they need to pull together. they need to help. we need to stop this insanity that's going on of people killing in the name of religion. this is barbaric. absolutely barbaric. >> i want to read you some of the headlines in advance to the president's trip to israel. haven't been the best. take a look at these. analysis, six reasons trump's visit appears to be jinxed. the israeli right's love affair with trump goes from ecstasy to agony. jeffrey, what do you think these are about? >> i think that's normal human behavior. as you know, i worked for president reagan and i'm not a big jimmy carter fan. but let me say something for president carter. president carter was an
outsider, not unlike donald trump. and the one lasting contribution that i think he made in world peace and in the middle east was bringing the israelis and the egyptians together. i was a young member of congressional staff in 1978 and '79 when he was doing this. i remember vividly the negative headlines that people thought this was simply not possible, as he brought prime minister beggen and the president of egypt together and locked them up in camp david until they got it done, but he did get it done. you have to think outside the box and you have to be willing to take this kind of skepticism and criticism. it comes with the turf, and donald trump is somebody who thinks big and believes in never giving up, and he thinks outside of the box, so god bless him. >> everybody can agree it would be great to accomplish what no other president before him has been able to do when it comes to that conflict in the region. meantime, he'll also move on and meet with the pope. there has been a little
contentious back and forth between the two leading up to this. this is the moment trump kind of bashed the pope in the campaign. >> the mexican government fed the pope a tremendous amount of stuff about trump is not a good person. and the pope just made a statement. can you imagine? i got a call, as i'm walking up here, they said the pope made a statement about you. i said the pope? what did the pope say? i like the pope. i mean, was it good or bad? because if it's good, i like the pope. if it's bad, i don't like the pope. no, it's true. >> having a little fun there. how do you see their meeting going? >> i hope the pope speaks about the thing that the president failed to speak about in saudi arabia today. universal human rights, the dignity of all people, and i think the pope will. the pope is not afraid to tell the president i was disappointed that he told the saudis code words, we're not going to lecture you.
i hope the pope will tell him, mr. president, your divisiveness, your separation, your harmful rhetoric, is not consistent with the values that make us great as human beings. i'm looking for a little bit of papal instruction for the president. >> jeffrey, was that a missed opportunity for the president today not to address human rights issues? >> no, i don't think so. this is his first time on the world stage here. and i think the big opportunity that he took was to do something that president obama was utterly unable to do. that is to bring together these three faiths and bring an end to islamic terrorism. president obama, for all the reasons that we know, more or less produced isis with his policies in iraq. >> those are some pretty strong words. how so, do you feel like president obama produced isis? >> he made it a point to get america as much as possible out of iraq. that was one of his campaign
promises. >> isis emanated in syria in terms of getting the facts. it wasn't iraq, it was syria where isis came from. >> they're clearly all over the place in the middle east. they want to have a caliphate, and president obama's view of all this was oh, i'm not going to touch this. i'm not going to touch it. i mean, one good thing to speak up for him that he did do is go after osama bin laden, which was initiated in the bush administration, and god bless him for doing that. but he had a world view here that was basically neville chamberlain's. weakness and appeasement, and all that did was produce more war. you've got to bring this to a close. >> remember, president trump has -- was touting on the campaign trail that he didn't think we should have gone into iraq to begin with. >> correct. >> norm, i see you shaking your head. i'll give you a chance to respond. >> what a bucket of nonsense, jeffrey. isis was an offchute of al
qaeda. president obama fought them t h toothd and nail. we can agree or disagree on different strategies, but that's foolishness. i think what we should be looking at instead is president trump today, there was a downside to his embrace of the sunni world. he inflamed the shiites. he essentially took sides in the sunni/shia battle. he contributed to the sectarianism in the region, ana. that's troubling. i think we should deal with that reality, not jeffrey's fantasies about president obama. >> your answer, norman, is that we should invade the middle east again? >> no, jeffrey. my answer is, it's false that president obama was responsible for the creation of isis. my answer is that we need to look at what president trump is doing today, and among the failures in riyadh, there were pluses. it's not entirely negative, but among the two blatant failures
was he had political capital to raise human rights. that's what makes us americans. we speak up for free speech. he failed to do it. jeffrey, let me finish, please. he failed to do it. and that is a failure. then, he took sectarian sides. he did not sufficiently remain balanced in the sectarian battles of the middle east. those are two substantial failures i think we need to focus on more than these outlandish and false claims about obama. >> norman, quickly, all i'm saying is we did it president obama's way and it failed and the american people want to go a different way. >> jeffrey lord, norman eisen, thank you both. coming up here in the newsroom, melania trump in her international debut. a look at the first lady's agenda abroad and the advantage she may have over her predecessors. and frightening moments for a family when their little girl is snatched by a sea lion.
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it's sort of not what she said she's going to do, not what we have seen her do so far. i think like many modern women from other countries. she's not wearing a head scarf because she wasn't asked to and she's not required to. that's what the white house said when i asked them why she wasn't wearing it. other foreign leaders, female foreign leaders like angela merkel and theresa may have also not worn a head scarf. it's not super unusual that she didn't do it. it's certainly just a personal choice. >> and the first lady has not been one to want to call attention to herself. we know that so far on this trip, she's visited an eleme elementary school, that was earlier today. she talked to sixth graders, other elementary school students. she also visited a women's business center there. what kind of role do you think she's carving for herself in foreign diplomacy based on what we have seen so far? >> i think melania trump has a few things going for her. one of them is there's sort of this inherent mystique about her. we don't know that much about
her. she's for the most part been relatively, you know, private. she doesn't live in washington or the white house full time. her schedule isn't jam packed with events. she's only given a handful of public speeches. i think what she's really trying to do is play a traditional role of a first lady, you know, go to things like schools and hospitals and celebrate cultural events. i don't think she's looking to rock the boat right now. and really, she has a very humanizing effect within this trump administration of just being -- she's coming across as warm, as calm, peaceful, put together. and there's something about her that makes us curious. and i think that's going to help her in the long run as she establishes a more robust schedule. >> she is the only first lady born outside the u.s. she was raised in slovenia, lived in france and italy. does that give her an advantage abroad? she seems comfortable. >> remember years and years ago when jackie kennedy spoke french when she was on french soil.
there's a way melania trump could use her international background in that perspective. she should just be herself in that sense. i'm hoping as the trip moves on that she's able to do that. i think there is a global interest in her. she's an immigrant. she did come from slovenia, a communist country. she's worked her way through america, you know, ultimately ended up married and first lady. so i think there's a way she can certainly use her diverse background to relate to people around the world. and she should. >> and she speaks five languages, including italian. maybe she'll be able to use that when they head to rome. kate bennett, thank you very much. some frightening moments for tourists in british columbia. a young girl plucked from the pier, dragged underwater. >> oh! >> oh, my god. >> more on the story here coming up.
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welcome back. you're live in the cnn newsroom. we have some shocking video to show you. a sea lion attracting attention from tourists at a wharf in canada. watch what happened to a little girl as she sat on the edge of the dock. then this. >> he's like, i'm bigger than you. >> oh, my gosh. >> oh! >> oh, my god. oh, my god. >> yeah. that would be my reaction, too. you saw what appears to be a family member diving in after her. the sea lion pulls her in with her dress. thankfully, nobody was hurt. i spoke with the man who rubs this harbor where it happened. he tells how he thinks it could have been avoided. >> i have never witnesses anything like that in all of my years working at the harbor, which is 27 years.
but i can tell you it's come close. that is from people that disregard signs, that think it's cute to come and feed a 1200-pound bull seal. and it's not surprising to me. and so with the media coverage on this, i'm thinking what a better way to get it through people's heads, don't feed wildlife. it's just not a good idea. what surprised me when i watched the video as for many people that have watched it is the bull takes a snip at the little girl, and then they proceed to let her sit on the rail. so that is kind of not wise, in my opinion. >> do you think that the sea lion's behavior is a reflection of play or is it more aggressive? >> hunger. it's hunger. >> hunger. >> the aggressive -- i don't know. i'm not a sea lion expert, but in this case, that's what they're doing. they're coming and looking for
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jarring and shocking images. horrified students at american university in washington earlier this month. bananas hanging by strings in the shape of nooses with heinous messages targeting african-american students on campus there. now, the fbi is helping this campus, the police there, tracking down a suspect who was seen walking into the campus in the middle of the night. cnn's sara sidner has more. >> reporter: at 21, taylor is an american first. the first black woman to be elected student government president at the american university in washington, d.c. >> i fell to the floor and it was so emotional. >> reporter: that euphoric feeling crushed just a day after she took office, when these showed up on campus. bananas hung with nooses, scrawled with the name of a gorilla and the letters of the historically brak black sorority
she belongs to. >> as a student, i'm hurt, as a member of the organization, i'm appalled. as the target of a hate crime, i'm numb. >> the threats only grew. suddenly, a known neonazi group began targeting her online. >> the guy behind it called for a choreographed campaign to intimidate and terrorize the head of the student body. we have seen white supremacists try to recruit on college campuses for years. but what's different today is that there has been a velocity and a volume of these efforts that we have really never seen before. >> the adl blames groups like american vanguard and american renaissance for stirring racist sentiments on campus. >> first of all, i completely reject the term white spremsy. i simply want the opportunity for my people, people of european origin, to be left alone so that we can pursue our own destiny. >> we met up with jared taylor,
the head of american ren saunls. >> do you think recruitment is going well? >> yes. >> when it comes to young people. >> i'm constantly impressed by the number of young people who are completely wide awake on the subject of race, who are not bamboozled and intimidated by all this nonsense of diversity being our strength. >> taylor says he wants to live in an all-white world, separate from other races. >> are you racist? >> i'm not racist. whatever racist means, it is a pejorative turn that means whatever you think is immoral or wrong. i reject that completely. >> i think it's wrong you think someone like me is less intelligent by my very nature of being black or brown. >> come on. you're individual. you might be smarter than most white people on earth. >> over all, you're saying my race is less intelligence than yours. >> and my race is less intelligent than asians. is that hateful to say? it's where science leads me. i have to follow the data. i have no choice. >> it's junk science.
just not believable. what taylor seems to fear the most, the day people of color outnumber whites in america. >> if whites do nothing, they will be reduced to minority in which their culture is a side show and which they themselves will be considered a dissurprised group. >> so you have experienced what i have experienced or people of my race have experienced. >> i doubt you have much personal experience with that. >> you would be surprised. he says no one including the american university student should be targeted with violence or harassment. >> i consider it very rude. i wouldn't condone that kind of activity, but it's not a crime. >> as for dumpson, now as president, she has a message to send. in her america, hate won't win. >> i think back to the maya angelou poem, still i rise. just like dust, still i rise. >> sara sidner, cnn, washington, d.c. >> our thanks to sara sidner. now president trump spoke to the muslim world today. but many remember his harsh
rhetoric about what he terms radical islam that in part fueled his run to the white house. coming up, w. cumelbell joins us live with a look at what it's like to be muslim in small town america. >> there's not actually a muslim community like in case the fact that there isn't peace in the middle east is any indication, not all of us like each other. ready, go. ahhhhhhhh! shake! shake! shake! shake! shake! done! you gotta shake it! i shake it! glad i had a v8. the original way to fuel your day. . . . .
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religion. this is a battle between good and evil. >> presuident trump, the man wh rode into office on a proposed muslim ban and once declared islam hates us, offering a new message to leaders of the arab world. back in the u.s., w. kamau bell finding many muslims who call it home. home to the first majority muslim city council in america. here is what kamau discovered about life for those muslims. >> reporter: tell my why islam is weirder than christianity again? >> muslims do have to face northeast, towards mecca, a daily reminder that we're all one. the point of the prayers is to keep that connection going, to give you a sample this is what we will be reciting tonight. that's the translation of it. >> reporter: this is the translation. for a second i thought, oh, my gosh, i can read arabic.
it is working already. >> reporter: before a formal prayer there's a traditional cleanse, and you can tell i was committed because i don't just wet my afro for anybody. >> w. kamau bell is joining me. i like the end of that clip there. it makes us all want more. before we talk about muslims in america, let's talk a little bit about the country that is home to mecca. president trump, his speech this morning in saudi arabia on islam, you said you would be watching closely. what did you make of the president's speech today? >> i mean, you know, a lot is being made about how he sounded more reasonable than he had sounded before, but think a low bark from where he came from. he said islam hates us. we talk about the episode, the muslim ban of the seven, six countries, i think if anything he should have gone to apologize if he was trying to reset things. he tried to sort of act like this is what he had been saying all along. >> do you think what he said today would resonate with the
folks you spoke to in tonight's episode? >> i think the folks i spoke to in tonight's episode have a longview in this whole thing. as much as they have to focus on what the president is doing as far as the laws of this country and how it affects them and people who live in the country, there's a sense of hope among the people that i was blown away by. you saw me in the scene at the mosque, and i think they're watching very closely. i can't imagine they have a lot of trust in that speech or fell as good about it as many in the media seemed to feel about it. >> were many of the people worried oraa frayed given the current climate in america when it comes to terrorism or the attitude of some people toward muslims? >> i mean i think that a lot of this is about trying to -- again, they want to change the mayortive to where it should be at. most what we would call extremist terrorists affects people who are muslim oraa rabs so they're thinking about it
already. the big thing on the episode is there's not one version of islam or one typical muslim, it is the biggest religion in the world. there's a diversity of opinion in the episode which should help us when we talk about islam, we don't think of it as one thing, as one type of person with one type of belief in their religion. >> did they have any thoughts about what the solution is in terms of combatting extremism? >> i mean i feel like if necessary were interested, i would sort of start a service taking bus trips with people to dearborn to say, whatever you think you're scared about, look at this sleepy suburb with the delicious food. whatever you think is going to happen if you see women walking down the street in burhijabs ist happening here. that's the kind of service i would start if the people were into it because i feel it is about seeing people up close. we shouldn't have to do it but i feel we should do it. >> you're bringing people there.
that's what is so great with your show. you spent some time with millennial muslims and talked to them about how they remain true to their faith in the modern era. so many other young people of other religions are falling away from their faiths right now. what keeps them motivated? >> yeah, i mean i was really compelled by them because they didn't sound like they were changing the religion to fit them other than having an app on their phones that gave them the call to prayer, which is pretty cool. but they really believe in their religion on a very deep and fundamental level. at the same time if they walk past you in the street they look like any other millennial you'll see. in this time people are searching for meaning, they feel they have that meaning in their religion. it was pretty inspiring. i felt like i needed to go to church. i didn't, but i felt i should. >> thank you. we look forward to your episode tonight. you can catch w. kamau bell's "united shades of america" tonight at 10:00 on
cnn. the vice president getting an icy reception as he prepared to address students at notre dame. at the commencement some stood up for what they say is religious freedom for all. they walked out his commencement address. cnn's rosa flores was there. rosa. >> reporter: the students who stood up and walked out of their commencement ceremony said it best. it is their graduation day and they graduated from a catholic university, and on this campus they learned about religious freedom for all, not just for christians but also for their muslim brothers and sisters. they also say that they learned about standing up for the marginalized, for the poor, for the lgbtq community, and they say these teachings are straight from pope francis and they don't believe that vice president mike pence represents those teachings. >> either we are all notre dame or none of us are. and if you are trying to silence
and not listen to the preferences of one group and their families, then you're not listening to any of us. that was a speech -- i guess that was what we wanted to say today to the administration, more so than anyone else, the administration. you need to listen to our peers, you need to listen to our peers families and concerns when you decide who to invite to our graduation. >> reporter: some context is important because about 3100 students received degrees and between 75 and 100 students stood up and walked out once vice president mike pence began to speak. anna. >> rosa flores, our thanks to you. ♪. >> thanks for rolling into the 8:00 hour eastern here in the "cnn newsroom." i'm ana cabrera in new york. we begin with president trump unveiling his message to muslims
worldwide. in his first speech abroad he urged them to purge their communities of, quote, the foot soldiers of evil. the man who campaigned heavily on a proposed muslim ban today asked islamic leaders in the middle east to unite with america in the global fight against terrorism. let's get out to nick robinson in the saudi capital where president trump gave that speech today. nick. >> reporter: ana, part of president trump's message seemed to be to alleviate the concerns of those in the room that under president obama they lost the support of the united states. he said our friends never need to question our support, a reassuring message for those in the room, but he had a tone that was designed, if you will, draw the audience in. he said, i'm not here to tell you how to live your lives, that we have common values, and through those common values we can find common security.